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Wildfire risks remain elevated; residents urged to take caution

8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, November 03 2016 Nov 3, 2016 November 03, 2016 4:06 PM November 03, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Citizens are urged to use caution as wildfire risks remain elevated due to dry conditions across the state.

Parishes currently under outdoor burning ban orders include: Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Caldwell, Concordia, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, Winn, Union and West Carroll. 

Residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to help prevent wildfires:

- Do not park vehicles or equipment on dry grass

- Re-fuel machinery in areas void of vegetation

- Never throw lit cigarettes on the ground, use and ashtray

"Fortunately, we have had very little wind but that is about to change as a cool front is predicted to move through the state bringing lower humidity and increased wind. It is a recipe for potentially dangerous wildfires," Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, said.

For questions regarding burn bans, always contact your local fire authority.  To report a wildfire, contact a local forestry office or dial 911.

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